Why Americans Don’t Trust The Federal Government?

Why do polls continue to indicate that the American people feel forgotten and mistrust the federal government?
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    The Pew Research Center has released its annual poll numbers regarding the percentage of Americans who trust the federal government. The release of these new polls add to a growing amount of evidence that the public’s view of the federal government has been in a steady decline for decades.

    The Pew Research Center’s sampled 1,501 adults between April 5th to the 11th. Only 20 percent of those polled said they trust the government to do what is right “always” or “most of the time.” A whopping 68 percent admitted that they only trusted the government “some of the time.” The other 11 percent said they have no trust in the government to do what is right.The polls also indicate that 55 percent of those interviewed say they are frustrated with the federal government, with another 22 percent acknowledging they are angry at the government. Only 19 percent of people responded saying they were content.

    The polls also indicate that 55 percent of those interviewed say they are frustrated with the federal government, with another 22 percent acknowledging they are angry at the government. Only 19 percent of people responded saying they were content.

    Steven Smith, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, told MarketWatch that Americans often report feeling forgotten, which he says is just another way to express distrust for the feds. “There is a great deal of frustration with Washington, and virtually every poll — no matter what question is asked — shows that,” he said.

    The Pew Research numbers also show that the public distrusts the government just as much as they did prior to the 2016 presidential election. “As has been the case for the last decade, public trust in government remains near historically low levels,” Pew reports. At no point in the last decade has more than 30 percent of those polled by Pew expressed trust in the federal government.

    Think about that for a moment. If these poll numbers represent views around the nation that would mean less than 1/3 of the people in the United States can confidently say they trust the federal government. The very institution that is “supposed” to protect the life, liberty and happiness of the people can not be trusted by more than half the people living involuntarily under its rule.



    Before we discuss what a phenomenal opportunity this presents, we must ask “Why?” Why is that decade after decade Americans are reporting less and less trust in the federal government, and thus, the people running it? This data indicates that regardless of which political party is in office the people continue to have mistrust for the words of our federally elected officials. What reason do the American people have to distrust the federal government?

    Could it be that in the days of the Vietnam War activists, musicians, poets, actors, and other outspoken individuals were investigated and infiltrated under the Counter Intelligence Programs (COINTELPRO)? Do you think Americans are lacking in faith because they remember being sold the lies of the second Iraq War? Or perhaps because they know the federal government is attempting to sell the people into another war based on lies? Maybe the people of this land recognize that the feds have created a panopticon surveillance and police state that violates rights, infringes upon privacy and crushes anyone who dares to boldly stand against the authoritarianism that rules the day.

    Whatever the reason, we must recognize that his growing lack of trust for the federal government presents a momentous occasion for those forward-thinkers who are planning the next stage of human evolution. For those who recognize that the federal government – as a matter of fact, all government – is an institution of violence, theft, and lies. We can create a better world without this institution but it’s going to take organizing and challenging the current paradigm and status quo with radical new ideas on how free humans can self-organize and thrive without the overreaching arms and prying eyes and ears of corporate and State powers.

    One of the saddest aspects of the new Pew numbers is the fact that more Republicans trust the government now than they did prior to the selection of President Trump. On the other hand, now Democrats are more likely to report a mistrust of the federal government. Despite the low trust overall, for the first time since George W. Bush was president, Republicans expressed more trust in the federal government than Democrats.

    The statistics illustrate the constant tug of war between the false left/right paradigm in mainstream American politics. Democrats were likely to report trusting the federal government under a Democrat and the Republicans are now doing the same. These people are still trapped in the matrix and believe there are major differences between the corporate parties of the Democrats and Republicans. Interestingly, Pew reported the numbers of registered Democrats with trust in the government is the lowest in nearly 60 years. This, again, presents an opportunity for activists to reach out to the disenfranchised free thinkers on the left.

    We can create a better world, but it will require much work. Future generations will thank us for the work we do today. Vacate the State and pursue solutions for a better world. 

    Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter forActivistPost.com where this editorial first apppeared and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

    The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

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    • tapatio

      At first glance, it’s easy to treat the article as a joke. What conceivable reason would anyone have to trust ANY US politician at the federal level? NONE – you know they are lying when their mouths move.

      But, there are still Americans who are completely naive about the corrupt pit of maggots called Washington. Those people still need to be educated.

      • TeeJae

        But how, when mainstream media does everything it can to ensure that doesn’t happen?

        • tapatio

          Write and talk. I receive 2 -5 responses per week, on the sites where I post, from people saying that they are just starting to see the truth and connect dots. There are new readers here every day. They can either be captured by Wherry’s lies or continue learning reality. Each one of those people represents a family, extended family, social group and what you say can spread to all of those people.

          Americans are losing faith in the US government, media, institutions and corporations. They WILL fall. The job is to minimize the damage they can do before they collapse.

          You can also donate time/$$ to projects like BDS. In our area, we have stores that carry BDS signage like small cards in refrigerator cases that explain why they don’t carry Sabra brand products. We go out, talk to store owners, print and place the signs. There are many other organizations that work against the oligarchy, from Greenpeace to the Presbyterian (mine) and other churches and a variety of NGOs – all of which are effective in getting the truth out.

          The most important thing is to not decide that somebody else will do the work. EVERY person who understands the truth is responsible for helping others to understand. We are actually winning. We just have to help society reach the tiping point where Congress/Parliament, etc are more afraid of the people than of the 1/10th of 1 percent.

          The most important aspect is NEVER lie. Once that happens credibility is gone. As you and others have pointed out, my comments can be very harsh. You only have so many seconds to grab a casual reader’s attention and it has to have impact.

          I beat up on Wherry because I view him as the PERFECT representative of Zionism/the US military/pederasty. I don’t “fight” with him – I hold him up as a shining example (fresh excrement does shine).

    • GALT

      Before those “mythical founders and framers” signed the declaration, they
      spent most of the 13 years of tyranny, having paid little or nothing to the
      british for the war that brought the colonies under british rule, petitioning
      that very source of tyranny for “admission” to the “aristocratic” class and
      were DENIED. ( it would have been bad form to admit colonists while exploiting
      the home peasantry, don’t you know ) Colonial ambitions were also in direct conflict
      with those of the “empire” after the victory of 1763, since the rest of the “continent”
      was claimed by spain and france….so consolidation of gains, not expansion, was
      foremost. ( the ambitions of slave holders, land speculators and smugglers were
      not those of the king and his aristocracy, surprise )

      This aspiring “aristocracy” was forced to “act”, got its way and now, we face this
      “aristocracy” once again…..where the 1% are united in their greed and the 99%
      are divided in their foolishness……and are “petitioning” in their “ignorance” for
      admission into a class, to which they to will be DENIED.

      I await with baited breath, as the “forward thinkers” consolidate their plans, for
      their “evolution” to our extinction…..

      • TeeJae

        Then what to do? Have another “French revolution?”

        • GALT

          That would require that the “masses” were actually intelligent enough to
          direct the threat of violence and the actual violence at the source ( power
          abusers ) of their grievances. ( the 1% and their corrupted lackeys )

          But there is another way, which can be undertaken by each “individual” simply
          by a desire to self educate, then test that knowledge in a way that is pragmatic
          to one’s own individual circumstance, personal courage and experience. Even
          one’s acquisition of this “knowledge” is useful, because it can be shared, so that
          if one’s circumstance will not permit the risk, it may be possible to affect outcomes
          by “indirect” means…or in solidarity with others, in popular forums where the questions
          asked, are of “common concern” and not viewed, as they typically are…by members of
          a fringe element, that can be ignored.

          We have been for far to long, been forced to listen to deceptive language which purports
          to describe the nature of the “civilization” in which we find ourselves…..in the UNITED
          STATES…..this deception makes common reference to “our democracy”, a respect
          for the rule of law, constitutional rights, equal justice, etc. But none of these things
          are TRUE…..and the rule of law is NOT what it seems. We are left with the rather
          ridiculous representation that “your government loves you and it needs your money”,
          even though that “money” isn’t REAL, and the less you have of it, the more the
          government is willing to pursue you to get what you have and you are virtually
          powerless to stop them…..because you don’t have either the “money” or the
          “knowledge” to defend yourself. Even if you do have the money, you will still be
          forced to rely on “supposed experts” who will bargain on your
          behalf, to reduce the “settlement” you will eventually pay, along with the “fees”
          they will charge you for the privilege. ( and facing the “government” is far easier
          that dealing with a “corporate entity”….who has already entrapped you with
          contractual concessions that should have never been permitted in the first place. )
          This entire system is essentially fraudulent, and those within it, judges and lawyers
          are complicit in it…..and you have given this power to them, by unwittingly
          volunteering to be subject to these “laws and jurisdictions”….by fraudulent
          inducement…..and had that choice been made clear to you, you would have
          clearly rejected it. ( that is the nature of fraud and since “ignorance of the law is
          no excuse”…..you have as far as the law is concerned “voluntarily” subjected yourself
          to a circumstance that will rarely end in a result that is beneficial to you. )
          That you HAVE volunteered seems to be sufficient to ease the consciences of
          the judges who knowingly watch this play out every day…..being bound by their oaths,
          they remain silent….and like the supposedly “good cops”, they keeps showing up
          for work.

          For the individual, the battle is on two fronts….first, make it as difficult as possible
          for the government to get its hands on your fake money…the first step being
          looking up 26 CFR 31.3402 (p)…..considering its implications….and finding the
          simplest way to implement it to your benefit as it applies to your circumstance.

          The second step is learning the “law” specifically UCC 1-207/308…..what it means, and how to go about “reserving your rights”…..as is required by law, and why in the present day,
          those “rights” are for all intents and purposes non existent….again, this is a matter
          of knowledge first, which is understanding the “fraud” and then devising ways to
          test the system, with little or no risk to yourself.

          The third step is sharing both the knowledge and your experience in its exercise
          with others…….and this will not be easy, for the nature of this “fraud” rests on
          the public believing they KNOW what the law is an requires, when nothing
          could be further from the truth. I will leave it there, for very few people have
          the will to look….and this fraud has been in place, in full force since 1958…and
          began much earlier….should you have any questions, I shall be happy to respond to
          them, after you have viewed the material you can find.